Thomas Dobrovich

Thomas began his musical studies at Keynotes School of Music at the age of 6, and has been teaching at the studio since 2010. He has accrued significant performance and competition experience, having taken part in various competitions from the municipal to the international level. He has won many individual, special recognition and festival prizes from competitions spanning Peel, Halton, Scarborough, Markham, North York, Peterborough, Richmon Hill, and beyond. He achieved first and second place in consecutive years at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals in Quebec, represented Ontario at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Finals in Kelowna, BC, and performed at Carnegie Hall as a first prize winner of the International Protege Competition for Piano and Strings. He holds an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance, with the standing of First Class Honours with Distinction. He has had the privilege of studying with Dr. Yaroslav Pugach, Ron Greidanus, Boris Lysenko, and Professor Mia Bach. Thomas completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto with Honors in June, 2019.

Thomas has had many successes as an educator, having helped the vast majority of his students achieve First Class Honours or higher on their RCM examinations, as well as earn top standings in piano competitions around Peel and the GTA. He draws from personal, practical performance experience in his teaching, and balances this with the development of musicality, technical proficiency and awareness with his students.

At Keynotes, students learn to appreciate and enjoy the music with a focus on good technique as opposed to just rushing through completing RCM exams. Added to that, we have always appreciated Kathy’s efforts to accommodate scheduling needs and teaching preferences for both our boys. Our older son began learning piano at Keynotes when he was 7. Still at Keynotes at 18, he is working towards his Grade 9 RCM while at the same time preparing to teach piano. His younger brother is following along the same path. Kathy placed each of our sons with a teacher who suited his personality, and making the learning experience more enjoyable.

We recommend Keynotes to anyone who would like to learn and enjoy playing music.

Gracy and Lester Moniz / parents

Keynotes School of Music has been a great place for both our boys. Keynotes has exceptional teachers that take a lot of time & dedication to show what it is to have a love for music. Our boys look forward to many more years of learning at your school. We are so proud to be part of the Keynotes School of Music family and would highly recommend students to come out and learn here.

Fiona Lobo / parent

My daughter has always had an ear for music but until she was 10 years old we did not have an opportunity to fit piano lessons into our busy schedule. When I found Keynotes School of Music, I was so delighted that owner Kathy Vykysaly carefully considered my daughter's personality and learning style and she was matched with the teacher who was just right for her. Almost three years later, my daughter is now working on her Grade 3 RCM level and has won awards for her previous high scores. Even better from my perspective is the lovely music that fills our house whenever my daughter plays. We are very happy with Keynotes and the supportive and responsive staff.

The Thompson Family / parents